Archive for the ‘Life’ Category.

No Kids

The wife and I decided that we deserved some alone time so we handed of the kids to my in-laws and went for a weekend get-away at Hotel Vejleford.

The hotel and spa was simply great. It was a weekend of relaxation, beautiful nature and great food. I highly recommend it – and while the wife was getting an hour-long massage I managed to sneak off and go read some comics :-)

The yearly checkup

Progress to A Decision (graph)

Progress to A Decision (graph) by Progress to A Decision (graph). Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0.

On Monday it was time for the annual parent-teacher conference where we got to how well the daughter was doing in school. Academically everything was going according to plan – with the exception of a few minor issues in math (which just requires a few more repetitions).

Socially she had improved a lot and had gotten much better at articulating problems and needs.

Things we need to work on: More speed! She is not particularly fast at doing assignments so we have to figure out a way to speed her up. She also has problems believing in her own abilities (which may partially explain her lack of speed as well) – we have to focus on getting her to realize that she actually is quite talented.

All in all it was a pleasant talk and I feel we can rightly be proud of the daughter.

 

Evolution Explained by a 7-year-old

The daughter was reading a stroy to me about the past, the present, and the future and suddenly she says “do you know that most people think we come from green algae?”. When I ask her about it she says she can’t really explain it to me without a blackboard – so after finishing the story she takes me out into the kitchen and starts drawing on the blackboard and telling me about how the green algae turned into “something small that looks like this” (and she drew an amoeba) and that later turned into something kinda like a monkey (but not a monkey) that then later turned into humans and monkeys. And somewhere along the line the amoeba turned into crocodiles and fish and birds.

It appears they actually do learn something at school.

The Theory of Evolution

Breakfast in bed

The daughter is now the happy owner of a little Spongebob door hanger that she can write messages on. Yesterday morning I was greeted by a sign that said “Breakfast in bed. THANK YOU!”.

A painting

The daughter has produced her first painting in her arts & crafts class. I am somewhat amazed at how the teacher has made her use the entire canvas as well as a nice selection of colors.

Lalandia – 4 of 4

The last day. Everything was packed into the car and we spent a few hours in the waterpark followed by a few hours in the play area before driving home again.

The kids were wasted and they both fell asleep in the car – which was a good thing since we got caught in a traffic jam on the highway where we were stuck for about an hour…

In conclusion: A great vacation for all.

Lalandia – 3 of 4

Another day, another trip to the waterpark. As great as this particular waterpark may be three days is enough – and we are going one final time tomorrow as well. The kids are still thrilled, though.

Ate a crappier than usual dinner at a fast food place and after that we went bowling. Not my strongest game to say the least but it was fun for the whole family.

Packed up all the stuff we don’t need since we have to be out by 10AM tomorrow.

Lalandia – 2 of 4

Started the day at the play area which has many things for the kids to crawl around in and slide down. It also had something quite similar to a pneumatic mail system which was used to transport soft balls up to four cannons – where the balls were used as ammunition to shoot at the people below.

Later we took part in a candy-making session where the kids made lollipops.

After this it was of to the waterpark once again. This time the daughter wanted to try the larger water slides and we ended up taking quite a few turns down a fast and wild slide in a two-person floaty.

After all of this the kids were starting to show early signs of being tired. However the daughter wanted to jump on a trampoline and the son wanted to play the motorcycle game again so we did that first. Afterwards there was a “kids disco” where the local mascot and a girl sang some songs and danced with the kids.

The kids were completely wasted after this so we went back to the house for dinner followed by bedtime.

Lalandia – 1 of 4

Packed the car and drove Lalandia in Billund to spend the next four days with the family for a small vacation.

We arrived at the small house we had rented and punched in our code to unlock the door. The house was quite new and had everything you could want: kitchen, bathroom, living room, a bedroom for the kids, and a bedroom for the adults. Dishwasher, micro wave oven, washing machine, oven, TV. There wasn’t any Wi-Fi but there was a Cat-5 plug in the wall – however it didn’t work.

The son (for some reason) wanted to sleep in the crib and since that was placed in the parent’s bedroom we had to do some interior decorating to get everything to our liking.

A nice little thing was the plastic RFID bracelets for the entire family that we use to lock/unlock the door to the house and get into the waterpark and the play areas – so no keys needed. The only strange thing is that we still need to have a card for the parking. Why that isn’t hooked up to the RFID tag I can’t understand.

After unpacking everything we went to the waterpark – which is without a doubt the greatest waterpark we have ever been in. Lots of slides (big and small) and different pools with different temperatures and activities. This should be fun for at least the four days we are here.

After a few hours in the water we went back to the house for dinner, and then back to see what else Lalandia had to offer. The kids played two games each at the arcade (a drum game, a motorcycle game, and a “hit the groundhogs on the head with a mallet” game) – great fun. I got to play both Galaga and Pac-Man so I was delighted (and I haven’t completely lost my touch even if I was nowhere near any kind of record).

Tomorrow we’ll see what the play areas have to offer and of course we’ll try out more water slides.

Vacation part 2 of 4: Pumpkin Carving

As gas become tradition the kids carved lanterns out of pumpkins – or rather the kids instructed the parents in how to carve their pumpkins. Great fun as usual and this year we had invited my sister and her son to join as well.

The pumpkin seeds were later oven roasted with some olive oil and salt.